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Main Street

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Free
24/7

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Free, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 3.0Atmosphere

If you love to shop, dive in: St. Thomas has the best shopping plaza in the Caribbean. Dazzling diamonds, fragrant perfume, designer duds, shiny electronics and potent liquor stream from the cobblestones of Main Street (also known by its Danish name, Dronningens Gade) in Charlotte Amalie. And just like you've read online and heard from friends, it's all duty-free.

But if you're not in the mood to shop, stay away, particularly in the late morning and early afternoon. Narrow Main Street is an assault to the senses, filled with vacationers straight from the cruise dock and plenty of solicitors beseeching you to visit their stores. The surrounding area of Charlotte Amalie is clogged with tourist taxis trying to drop visitors off as close to the shops as possible.

A word to the wise: Even if you hope to avoid the rush, you also don't want to venture to Main Street too late in the day. Some shops close as early as 5 or 6 p.m. Previous visitors also warned of some road construction, which makes the already cramped street seem even smaller. 

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